Why the Left Hates Paul Ryan: 'It's the People's Money, Not the Government's Money'
Paul Ryan appeared with Greta van Susteren and summed up why he is such a controversial figure in Washington in one phrase: “It’s the people’s money, not the government’s money.”
The left has hung a giant bullseye on Ryan’s back since he had the audacity to point out that the government is spending too much on entitlements.
Anecdotally, when Paul Ryan’s ideas are separated from his party and persona, such as his latest plan to balance the budget without raising taxes, they garner much greater support: 55% prefer Ryan’s vision versus that of Democrat Patty Murray’s, which hikes taxes $1.5 trillion over a decade and never balances.
As soon as ‘Republican’ is mentioned, however, that edge fades away. This shift shows that the leftists’ Alinsky tactics of ridicule and personal demonization work (particularly with low-info voters) — that’s why they use them.
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